Monday, February 9, 2009
Every time The Common Man tries to get out, they keep pulling him back in. A quick comment here: A-Rod is finally showing some good judgment in confessing to ESPN's Peter Gammons. At this point, there's nothing that he can do (you know, short of murdering Derek Jeter) to hurt his reputation further with baseball fans in general, and Yankee fans in particular. Getting all the details out and owning up to his decisions is the only reasonable way out of the hole he's in. At this point, he has to atone for his sins and work his way back into the public's good graces, and he's choosing to do that immediately and directly, rather than (as The Common Man's friend Bill points out) waffling about trying it once and not liking it (Hi, Andy Pettite!) or simply not commenting further. He opens himself up now to the possibility of becoming a spokesperson against PEDs, by confessing to his mistake, talking about the drugs' effects on his body and mind, and discussing his shame. And $25 million a year does a lot to assuage feelings of guilt and shame (The Common Man assumes; he's never had the good fortune to know first-hand). Today, for whatever reason, A-Rod's acting like a man. Good for him.
Now The Common Man is going to disconnect his internet connection with a sledgehammer, so that he won't have to listen to this any more.